first_imgLONGMIRE — Sunday morning at Mount Rainier National Park, family members of the six climbers presumed dead in one of Mount Rainier’s worst accidents met with officials from the park and the guide service Alpine Ascents, but they opted not to make a statement.“They are devastated and are in a ‘taking care of themselves mode,’” said Patti Wold, a park-service spokeswoman.The park service has not released the names of the guides or the climbers, but Alpine Ascents confirmed that veteran guide Matt Hegeman, 38, was leading the group.The name of one of the climbers, Mark Mahaney, also has been confirmed.Sunday’s weather on the mountain was clear, but Wold said conditions were still too treacherous for searchers to venture into the area on the Carbon Glacier where the climbers’ gear was spotted Saturday by a helicopter crew and their bodies are believed to be buried in a jumble of ice and snow.Park officials think the climbers fell some 3,300 feet down a very steep ridge. For would-be recovery teams, the biggest danger is from debris falling from a massive rock wall as well as nearby ridges, Wold said. Those risks are expected to increase as the summer progresses.“As the ice melts, things thaw out, and the area becomes more and more fragile and things begin to fall even more,” Wold said.last_img